Because the history of workers has been but the record of constant struggle against oppression by the wealthy and powerful;
And because wealth, with its accompanying power, is becoming more and more concentrated in the hands of the few;
And because the organization of workers into trade unions is essential to the economic, social, and political freedom of society and to the successful functioning of a democracy;
And because in union there is strength and workers are better able collectively to secure their fair share of profits accruing from their toil:
This International Union is created in order to elevate the social and economic status of workers and, further, to advance the principles and practice of freedom and democracy for all.
From the Preamble to the UFCW International Constitution